GNAT Raises The Red Flag

GNAT president, Paul BoakyeThe Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) has threatened “labour unrest”, if the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service implement the new policy of transferring teachers to rural areas, without appropriate compensation.

The policy, teacher rationalisation, is expected to ensure the equitable distribution of teachers in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.

However, GNAT, in a statement signed and issued in Accra, last Friday, by its national president, Paul Agyei Boakye, expressed its disapproval of the policy, and rather asked the GES to pay teachers transferred their grants and consequent arrears.

According to the statement, the leadership of GNAT warns, any attempt by the government to transfer teachers without the corresponding payment of legitimate entitlements “will result in labour unrest”.

“We believe that the GES has the capacity to avert the looming threat by respecting relevant laws regarding transfers/postings in the GES. Already in the Ashanti Region, transfer letters signed by some District Directors of Education state categorically that, “T&T is to be borne by the teacher”.

“We advise teachers with such transfer letters not to move. Rather, we urge them to refer their letters to the nearest GNAT Secretariat”, it said.
“For many years, the GES has transferred teachers without payment of their legitimate entitlements”, it lamented

“GNAT views this situation as a blatant violation of the collective agreement and the Association wants to advise the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service that with the proposed transfers, funds should be secured to pay the attendant legitimate entitlements to make bring about a exercise smooth”, the statement added.

“The Association considers this an affront to teachers, with the potential for chaos”, the Association warned further.

“GNAT, however, assures of its continued to collaboration with the Ministry and the GES, to realise the national goal of quality education but this does not mean the teacher’s legitimate rights should be sacrificed for it”, the statement said.

The Association reminded the Ministry of Education of the lip service successive governments pay teachers posted to less-privileged communities, especially the payment of special allowances to them which has never been implemented.

The Association again advised the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service against using administrative procedures to coerce teachers to accept reposting to less- endowed areas if, their T&T and transfer grants, would not be paid them.

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